OBITUARY: Dorothy Jean Worley Corley


Mrs. Dorothy Jean Worley Corley, age 95 of Lebanon passed away January 8, 2024.

Dorothy Jean Corley was born May 27, 1928 in Old Hickory Tennessee.

During that time her father was working at DuPont and her mother cooked and served meals in their home to many DuPont employees. During The Great Depression, she moved back to Lebanon to be closer to family. She received her education from Lebanon City Schools and, at that time, would constantly work after school and on weekends.

In Lebanon, she was in awe of Caruthers Hall, the famous “Law Barn” of The Cumberland University School of Law. This elaborate building, which she constantly walked or drove by, was full of items that fascinated her: Books. This inspired her lifelong love of reading.

Dorothy started her first job at age 13. She vividly recalled the V.E. (Victory in Europe) celebration near the town square in 1945. She continued to work multiple jobs in the Lebanon community. She eventually retired from Robert Shaw Lux plant after working there for almost 20 years.

She was an accomplished cook and loved to prepare meals for her family. An avid reader, she spent a great deal of her retirement time reading and critiquing books and authors. She considered the greatest accomplishment of her life was to encourage her children and others to complete a college education. All of her children and a number of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren have advanced degrees.

She was a dedicated member of Adams Avenue Church of Christ and touched many with her kind and unselfish manner.

She is preceded in death by her father Walter Worley, her mother Mary Lou Greer Worley, her brother Manford “Bill” Worley, and her sister Kay Hunter.

Robert (Jack) Corley is her much-admired and well-loved husband of over 55 years. She had three children: Barbara (Roy) Presley, Mike (Pat) Suite, and Lex (Lana) Suite. She had five grandchildren: the late Kim Presley, Kurt (Shanda) Presley, Danielle Suite, Carson (Kara) Suite, and Ally (Mitchell) Stembridge, Great-Grandchildren, Derrick & Alex Babbitt; Samuel, Abigail, and Nathaniel Presley; Kylie & Cash Suite, and Kyle (Karsen) Dallas; and great-great-grandchildren: Hallie, Hazley & Addison Babbitt, and Berkley Dallas; nieces and nephews.

Funeral service for Mrs. Dorothy Jean Worley Corley will be at 1:00 P.M. Saturday, January 13, 2024, at Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home with Bro. Stan Stevenson officiating. Interment Cedar Grove Cemetery. Visitation Saturday 11:00 A.M. – 1:00 P.M. at Ligon & Bobo.

LIGON & BOBO FUNERAL HOME of Lebanon (615) 444-2142


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